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November 27, 2008 9:30 PM

Seahawks: Stuffed on Thanksgiving.

Posted by Rod Mar

Happy Thanksgiving from Texas Stadium.

I'm sitting up in the press box, looking down on to the field, empty except for the roadies taking down the final remnants of the stage used for the halftime show.

Seattle came to Dallas without much hope of winning and left, well, without a win.

Cowboys 34, Seahawks 9.

Seattle players hit their knees for a prayer before kickoff -- it was the only time they'd find the end zone all day. The Seahawks reached the red zone only twice, and settled for three Olindo Mare field goals to account for their scoring.



(Nikon D3, 24-70mm/f2.8 lens @ 25mm, ISO 1600, 1/640th sec.,f5.0)

There were Seahawks fans in the house. This woman pretty much didn't get her wish.



(Nikon D3, VR 200-400mm/f4.0 lens @ 250mm, ISO 1600, 1/800th sec.,f4.0)

Craig Wrolstad, who was the Field Judge today, is a guy I've known for years. It's great seeing his success -- making the NFL in any capacity is incredible. But it only took one play -- the first play of the game, a screen to Terrell Owens, for Craig to earn the wrath of Mike Holmgren.

I was 50 yards away, but I could hear Holmgren screaming that Owens had pushed off. Craig tried to offer an explanation, but apparently Holmgren didn't like it much, because he just turned up his volume.

Here's what it looks like when 6'5" and over 250 pounds of snortin', stompin' head coach comes bearing down on you.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender, ISO 2000, 1/1000th sec.,f4.0)

Because Dallas was scoring seemingly at will, I took positions in the end zone along the sideline. I was hoping for a fade route to Terrell Owens. What I got was a shot of a real cowboy. Okay, he's not a real cowboy, well maybe he is. But on this day, he was a flagboy. You know, the guy who runs around in the end zones with the big flag after his team scores.



(Nikon D3, 24-70mm/f2.8 lens @ 24mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000th sec.,f2.8)



(Nikon D3, 24-70mm/f2.8 lens @ 24mm, ISO 1600, 1/1000th sec.,f2.8)

Oh, the football game? Yes, they did play one. Kinda. After the first drive, it felt on the field like there was no way Seattle would compete.

Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo shredded the Seahawks for 331 yards and three touchdowns. When Seattle blitzed, like on this play where cornerback Josh Wilson fell short, Romo found ways to escape including just leaping out of the way.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 3200, 1/800th sec.,f2.8)

Dallas receiver Roy Williams gets behind Seattle's Josh Wilson for a 38-yard reception that set up a field goal in the first half.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender, ISO 2500, 1/800th sec.,f4.0)

Halftime came, and because it is Thanksgiving, the NFL provided a special halftime show, featuring....The Jonas Brothers Band.

If you know who these guys are, it's because you probably have a tweenaged daughter, or a curious taste in music.



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender, ISO 4000, 1/640th sec.,f4.0)

One story line of the game was pretty easily illustrated. Seattle allowed seven sacks of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck who gamely resembled a boxer who gamely kept getting back up only to get smacked down again.

Hasselbeck is swallowed up by Dallas nose tackle Tank Johnson:



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender, ISO 4000, 1/800th sec.,f4.0)

Dallas linebacker Bradie James got him once:



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens + 1.4 extender, ISO 4000, 1/800th sec.,f4.0)

Then once again:



(Nikon D3, VR 200-400mm/f4.0 lens @ 250mm, ISO 5000, 1/640th sec.,f4.0)

Greg Ellis who beat Seattle's Sean Locklear as Hasselbeck fruitlessly tried to duck out of he way:



(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 4000, 1/800th sec.,f2.8)

DeMarcus Ware had two sacks, and used his 4.5/40 speed to pound Hasselbeck with all his might.



(Nikon D3, VR 200-400mm/f4.0 lens @ 270mm, ISO 5000, 1/640th sec.,f4.0)

At the end of it, Hasselbeck was beaten up pretty good, and after one being sacked by DeMarcus Ware he just stayed on his knees. It pretty much summed the game.


(Nikon D3, VR 200-400mm/f4.0 lens @ 34mm, ISO 5000, 1/640th sec.,f4.0)

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